Election 2018 Archives
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Election 2018


Hawaii Supreme Court dismisses Matt LoPresti case challenging Kurt Fevella’s Senate win

The justicies ruled LoPresti failed to show sufficiently that there were errors, mistakes or irregularities that could have changed the outcome of the election. Read More

Hawaii Supreme Court has more questions for election officials in challenge to Honolulu City Council race

Waters’ challenge has left the Council at a standstill from conducting regular business because of the deadlock between two factions of the current eight-member panel. Read More

Tulsi Gabbard’s birthplace could create political fodder in national campaign

Being born in American Samoa, where Gabbard lived until the age of 2, elicits unsettled constitutional questions about what it means to be a “natural-born citizen,” a requirement for the presidency, according to legal scholars. Read More

On Politics: Putting aside election bad blood won’t be easy for Ige, legislative leaders

Two things from Tuesday’s election: First, Hawaii just doesn’t vote, and second, there are no early indications of any significant changes in state government. So if you liked 2018, you are likely to love 2019. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Was rail worth all the pain? Voters suggest maybe not

Mayor Kirk Caldwell stood before microphones last week to announce he’ll float a $44 million short-term loan to meet federal demands to get that much more to the $9 billion rail project by Nov. 20. Read More

Hawaii GOP lost by largest margin since statehood

When Republican state Rep. Andria Tupola lost to Gov. David Ige by nearly 29 percentage points in last week’s general election, it was the most dramatic drubbing in a gubernatorial race in state history. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Day-after waving a sign of character

Sign-waving the day after the election must be especially difficult for the losing candidate. Yet some people rise to that humbling occasion and get back out there to say thank you. Read More

Editorial: Fresh faces in the Legislature

Thank goodness for ambition: A number of openings emerged this election, due to incumbents vacating seats to run for higher office — and that’s for the good, allowing some new blood into our local legislative bodies. Read More

Hawaii sees bump in voter turnout

Hawaii saw an encouraging uptick in the number of people who voted Tuesday compared to the last two midterm elections. Read More

Akaka outpaces Kia‘aina for OHA seat; few vote for Akana

Kalei Akaka, granddaughter of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, led handily Tuesday in the race for the open Oahu seat on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board of trustees, while embattled at-large incumbent Rowena Akana was trailing in her re-election bid. Read More

Victorino, Kawakami cruise to wins in Maui, Kauai mayoral races

Two experienced county councilmen will take over as mayors of Kauai and Maui after comfortable victories in Tuesday’s general election. Read More

Glitches and enthusiasm as isle voters turn out to vote

There were glitches in a handful of voting machines as island residents turned out for Tuesday’s midterm elections — the first allowing on-the-spot registration statewide. Read More

Hirono, Gabbard and Case cruise to victories

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard easily won re-election Tuesday, and former U.S. Rep. Ed Case also is headed back to Congress, ensuring an all-Democratic delegation for the islands once again. Read More

Ozawa pulls off close win over Waters in City Council cliffhanger

Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa pulled off a 22-vote victory over former state Rep. Tommy Waters to win reelection to the Council District 4 (East Honolulu) seat, according to a final summary report issued by the state Office of Elections at 4:11 a.m. today. Read More

Teachers Amy Perruso, Val Okimoto head from classroom to state House

Two of the three Hawaii teachers who jumped into politics this year are headed from the classroom to the state House. Read More

Kurt Fevella claims narrow victory to become lone Republican in state Senate

Republican Kurt Fevella maintained a slim lead over Democrat Matt LoPresti for the open Senate seat representing Ewa and Ewa Beach, making him the only Republican in the Hawaii Senate. Fevella finished ahead by just 117 votes in final election returns. Read More

Over 70 percent of Hawaii voters reject ConCon measure

A proposal to convene a state constitutional convention was soundly defeated Tuesday night. Read More

Gov. David Ige sails to re-election

Gov. David Ige easily clinched another term as governor Tuesday night, finishing the race with a six-figure vote advantage over his Republican opponent, state Rep. Andria Tupola. Read More

Women candidates win big in midterm election

It was the culmination of two years of anger, frustration and activism driven by women appalled by Donald Trump’s election and presidency. Read More


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